A Nassau plumber who promised to fix superstorm Sandy victims' heating systems has been indicted on grand larceny and other charges after collecting thousands of dollars without doing any work, prosecutors said Thursday.
David Jensen, 45, was arrested Thursday at his Floral Park home after he cheated nine homeowners, including eight Sandy victims, when he took deposits ranging from $1,000 to $4,200, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office.
All his victims were in Nassau except for one in Huntington Station, authorities said. The case began in April 2013 when National Grid informed Rice's criminal complaints bureau about customers paying Jensen for repairs that were never done, officials said.
Beginning in September 2012, Jensen offered his services as part of All County Plumbing & Heating or Proline Plumbing & Heating, both in Plainview, authorities said.
He signed contracts with the homeowners and told them they had to fit their homes with equipment from National Grid so he could install natural gas heating systems, prosecutors said.
Each of the homeowners complied, but after they gave Jensen money, he never did the work and did not respond to their calls and letters demanding refunds, Rice said.
"Almost two years after Sandy hit, homeowners are still struggling to recover from the costly damage incurred by this historic storm," Rice said. "This case is part of my office's continuing efforts not only to vigorously prosecute those who scam homeowners struggling in the wake of yesterday's storms, but to deter others from scamming homeowners in the aftermath of storms to come."
Jensen was arraigned on three counts of third-degree grand larceny, five counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud and petty larceny.
Bail was set at $10,000 cash or bond. He faces up to 2 1/3 years to 7 years in prison if convicted on each top charge. He is due back in court on Sept. 12.
Jensen's attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.